2X GeForce 120 vs. Radeon 5770?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by aramosc, May 8, 2011.

  1. aramosc macrumors regular

    aramosc

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    Hi I just bought a 2008 2.8 8-core Mac Pro and it comes with the stock graphics card (Radeon 2600). So I was wondering what would be better 2X GeForce 120s or one Radeon 5770 (I would get em on ebay so 2 120s is cheaper) and also I am planning to connect 2 LED Cinema Displays (24") also I don't do much graphic intensive apps some photoshop, illustrator and mild final cut work.
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    A 5770 would end up being cheaper, as the GT120s are DVI out only, requiring expensive adapters to connect the miniDisplayport-only cinema displays.
     
  3. beto2k7 macrumors 6502

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    Wrong. The GT120 does have miniDP so no adapters needed. I connect my 24" ACD to it and have a GTX285 for cuda only
     
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    Interesting. I must have seen a different one. I'd say the two 120s then, no sense in spending more.
     
  5. aramosc thread starter macrumors regular

    aramosc

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    yup the 120 has one minidp and one dual link dvi.
     
  6. goMac macrumors 603

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    The 5770 will perform a little better at Final Cut.

    If the price difference isn't much I'd get the 5770.
     
  7. aramosc thread starter macrumors regular

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    the difference is about $70 also I heard that the 5770 is really noisy is it the same with the 120? or would it be more quiet?
     
  8. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    My 5770 is silent, or so close to being silent that I can't hear it.
     
  9. sm.wilson macrumors member

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    There is no comparison. If you're driving two 30 inch displays, then you might benefit from having two couple-of-years-old low end cards.

    Go for the 5770, even though it too is a gimped solution for a 3000$+ computer, it will perform a far cry better in graphics intensive applications (Read: Adobe CS, Apple Pro Apps, Games), ESPECIALLY if you only have one display.
     
  10. highdefw macrumors 6502

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    5770 hands down. Much more powerful and smoother performance.
     

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